Mark Meadows Defends Right To Work Freedom Against Big Labor’s PRO Act


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From U.S. Representative Mark Meadows’ (NC) comments on the U.S. House Floor opposing the so-called “PRO Act” and defending Right To Work Freedom (Mr. Meadows is now President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff):


MY AMENDMENT STRIKES THE LANGUAGE IN THE P.R.O. ACT THAT WOULD AFFECT THE REPEAL OF THE RIGHT TO WORK LAWS NATIONWIDE.

CURRENTLY 27 STATES HAVE ADOPTED RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS THAT PROTECT WORKERS IN THEIR STATES FROM FORCED UNIONIZATION.

EIGHT OF THESE STATES FURTHER PROTECT THE WORKERS BY ENSHRINING RIGHT-TO-WORK IN THEIR STATE CONSTITUTION.

AND AT THEIR ROOT, THE RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS LET WORKERS, YES, LET WORKERS CHOOSE WHETHER OR NOT TO JOIN THE UNION.

RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS DO NOT BAN UNION MEMBERSHIP. INSTEAD, THEY LET WORKERS, NOT THEIR EMPLOYERS, AND NOT THE GOVERNMENT, MAKE THE CHOICE FOR THEM.

MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSITE WANT TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

AND YET HERE WE ARE TODAY AND WE SHOULD BE PROTECTING AMERICAN VALUES, AMERICAN FREEDOMS, AND THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THAT FREEDOM TO ASSOCIATE AS A WORKER CHOOSES.

THE SUPREME COURT ALSO RECOGNIZES THESE RIGHTS IN THE UNION CONTEXT WHEN IT RULED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WORKERS CANNOT BE FORCED TO PAY UNION DUES.

TAKE AWAY THIS FREEDOM IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WOULD REVERSE DECADES OF PROTECTIONS THAT THE STATES HAVE GIVEN THEIR WORKERS.

AND I MIGHT ADD THAT SOME OF THE BEST GROWING ECONOMIES ARE STATES WHERE WE HAVE THIS ABILITY.

AND MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSITE WANT TO INDEED COME IN AND REACH IN TO STATES AND TELL THEM HOW TO OPERATE WHEN WE HAVE GROWING ECONOMIES.

IF CALIFORNIA WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAS TO BE IN A UNION, LET THEM MOVE TO CALIFORNIA. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, THE VERDICT IS ALREADY IN.

THEY’RE LEAVING CALIFORNIA TO STATES LIKE TEXAS AND OTHER PLACES WHERE WORKERS TRULY HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES.

SO I BELIEVE THAT WE OUGHT TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

Source: C-SPAN